"Great Southern, Wheatbelt, Goldfields-Esperance set for fixed wireless"
Great Southern, Wheatbelt region, Goldfields-Esperance area and South West Western Australia to receive high-speed NBN fixed wireless
The company building Australia's National Broadband Network, NBN Co, today unveiled the next local government areas where planning proposals will be lodged to deliver high-speed fixed wireless broadband.
Over the coming months, NBN Co and its design and construction partners will work with local governments to identify appropriate locations for fixed wireless network infrastructure in the Great Southern, Goldfields-Esperance, Wheatbelt and South West regions in Western Australia.
NBN Co's Community Relations Adviser, Tony Gibbs, said: "For decades, rural and regional Australia has been left behind when it comes to telecommunications.
"NBN Co's plan to deliver high-speed broadband to every Australian premises using one of three technologies - fibre, fixed wireless and satellite - aims to change that.
"Subject to final planning and other approvals, the fixed wireless network plans to cover parts of 35 council areas (see list overleaf) and it is expected facilities will start to be switched on in stages from late 2013 to 2015," he said.
"This announcement is tremendous news for these regions, many of which currently have no access to high-speed broadband, or are confined to a limited service, such as dial-up or broadband over the mobile network.
"Fixed wireless aims to deliver speeds and services that city people take for granted. With services delivered over the NBN you can download movies in minutes, enjoy video calls with fewer drop outs, and get the whole family on line at once*, all at a price that is less than what you might think," Mr Gibbs said.
NBN Co's fixed wireless network is designed to offer internet service providers with wholesale access speeds of up to 12Mbps**, with plans for higher speeds to become available in the future.
Unlike a mobile broadband service, each fixed wireless facility is designed to serve a specific number of premises. It is expected that this will result in a more reliable and consistent service, because your speed will generally not be affected by the number of people moving in and out of the area.
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List of local councils where fixed wireless planning proposals are expected to be lodged
1. Albany City Council
2. Augusta-Margaret River Shire Council
3. Beverley Shire Council
4. Boyup Brook Shire Council
5. Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire Council
6. Bruce Rock Shire Council
7. Busselton Shire Council
8. Cranbrook Shire Council
9. Cuballing Shire Council
10. Denmark Shire Council
11. Donnybrook-Balingup Shire Council
12. Dumbleyung Shire Council
13. Esperance Shire Council
14. Katanning Shire Council
15. Kellerberrin Shire Council
16. Kojonup Shire Council
17. Manjimup Shire Council
18. Merredin Shire Council
19. Mukinbudin Shire Council
20. Nannup Shire Council
21. Narembeen Shire Council
22. Narrogin Town Council
23. Northam Shire Council
24. Nungarin Shire Council
25. Pingelly Shire Council
26. Plantagenet Shire Council
27. Quairading Shire Council
28. Ravensthorpe Shire Council
29. Tambellup/Broomehill Shire Council
30. Wagin Shire Council
31. Wickepin Shire Council
32. Williams Shire Council
33. Woodanilling Shire Council
34. Wyalkatchem Shire Council
35. York Shire Council
Notes to editors
- The National Broadband Network is designed to provide high-speed broadband access to 100% of premises - around 93% of premises being served by fibre and the remaining served by a combination of fixed wireless and satellite.
- As a general rule communities with more than 1,000 premises are due to be served by fibre. Some centres with even fewer premises will also be served by fibre if they are close to supporting network infrastructure.
- NBN Co's fixed wireless and satellite networks will serve communities with low population density where it is impractical or uneconomical to rollout fibre optic cable.
- Fixed wireless services are delivered by radio communications via antennae that transmit a signal direct to a small outdoor antenna on a home or business.
- A standard installation of network equipment, including an outdoor antenna and a network termination device will be installed free of charge.
- Before the network equipment is installed, a service validation test will be carried out. Those premises unable to be serviced by fixed wireless will receive NBN Co's Long Term Satellite Service. Residents in certain areas may already be able to access the NBN interim satellite service.
- In fixed wireless areas, copper phone lines will remain in place to provide a telephone service.
- For more information visit www.nbnco.com.au or call the NBN Co Contact Centre on 1800 OUR NBN (1800 687 626)
* The actual end user experience depends on some factors outside NBN Co's control, like the quality of the end user's equipment, software, broadband plans and how the end user's internet service provider designs its network.
** NBN Co is designing the NBN to be capable of delivering these speeds to NBN Co's wholesale customers (internet service providers). Speeds achieved and applications received by retail customers will depend on a number of factors including the quality of their equipment and in-premises connection, the broadband plans offered by their service provider and how their service provider designs its network to cater for multiple end users.